• Adding Content and Activities

    Moodle offers a range of different types of resources and activities that you can add to a module. Many plugins are also created by a large user community. In the future, we might be adding further resource and activity types.

    Here we showcase many of these to give you a sense of what they look like and what they do.

    The following short lesson shows you how to add resources and activities in your module.

    • Go through the activity to the end
    • This is an example of a page. It is similar to the label, i.e. just an HTML box which allows you to add text and other content. However, the page opens in a new window, so it is better when you have more content.

    • This is an example of an added URL content. There are different ways to have the URL appear when clicked, including opening directly (not so great when you want the user to be able to easily switch back), in a different browser pop-up window or embed. This URL will appear in "embed" mode, meaning it will appear in a window within OpenEvo. Note that this embed mode does not work for all URLs. It does work well for Google Docs. Your browser needs to allow pop-ups in order for the embed to work.

    • This is an example of a lesson activity. Lessons are good for presenting content on multiple pages and in an interactive manner with questions in between. Students navigate through the lesson with the help of navigation buttons that you can preset.

    • This is an example of a book content type. A book allows you to create many content pages (chapters) that are organized in a table of content. Individual chapters can be linked to from anywhere. 

    • This is an example of adding a file, in this case a pdf file. There are different ways for a file to appear when clicked, including opening in another pop-up window or automatic download. Here, the setting is "embed" meaning it will show in a tile window.

    • This is another example of using the file content type. This is an HTML file of a NetLogo model that is set to embed, so that it opens and can be interacted with within OpenEvo. 

    • This is an example of a quiz activity. Quizzes are good for assessing knowledge and understanding. They can be graded and timed. Many different question types are available, including multiple choice, free text/upload attachments, fill in the blanks, drag-and-drop. 

      You can create new questions or add questions from the Question Bank. See the tile "Using the Question Bank" for more information.

    • This is an example of an assignment. An assignment allows students to submit answers to specific assignment questions in a textbox and/or by uploading files, depending on the settings. Teachers can give feedback and grade assignments in various ways. Students see the status of their submission and teacher comments.

    • This is an example of a chat activity. These might be helpful to allow quick and synchronous exchange between students / teachers and students.

    • Forums are great places to organize conversations big and small among your module participants. Check out what you can do with them here. 

    • This is an example of an Open Forum activity. It is quite similar to the Forum activity, but with additional functionality and ease of use. For example, recent posts can be shown directly on the course page, users can post private replies, and users can be allowed to rate posts.

    • This is an example of a choice activity. It can be helpful for quick polls, for example on preferred meeting times or courses of action, or for getting a sense of who is in the room.

      In this example, choose which continent you are from.

    • This is an example of a pdf annotation activity, where students can annotate, comment and ask questions on a common document. Try annotating it yourself with different tools.

    • This is an example of an interactive H5P activity. There are many different kinds of interactive activities such as drag-and-drop, interactive presentation, interactive video.
      To learn more about using H5P interactive content, go to the OpenEvo H5P Content Repository module

      This particular activity is inspired by Porosoff, L., & Weinstein, J. (2019). Two for one teaching. Connecting instruction to student values. 

      Students sort a variety of different everyday activities and experiences into a matrix of fun-painful and meaningfull-meaningless, as a way to make them aware of their values. There are no right or wrong answers so one gets one point for simply completing the activity.